Wedding Rehearsal

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Wedding Rehearsal

Preparing for a wedding today is a bit like a small conference. Invitations, dinners, engagement ceremonies, save the date cards, counseling, rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, reception. It’s almost enough to make you forget that everything that happens before and after the wedding really count. Practice does not make for perfect marriages. Belief in Christ gives us […]

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The Bride of Christ

This Sunday, we’re having a family conversation about sexual intimacy. It’s part of a brief series I’m doing entitled “Christ’s Bride Comes Home.” I wrote about this in a recent column which you can find here. When I started reading through Matthew 19-23, I was reminded that I’ve never preached a series of messages on […]

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Faith in Public

Last Friday, we kicked off the 4th season of Faith, Food, Friday. This is an interfaith luncheon (not an ecumenical one), hosted by the Village Square. What’s the difference? Interfaith gatherings usually give the public a chance to peer into a world not their own—a world where religious people serve and share the common good. […]

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Christ’s Bride Comes Home

Households today are a complicated mix of success and failure. Divorce rates are lower than the previous generation. Individuals who do marry are waiting longer to get married and to have children. Christian marriages appear to be doing better and are lasting longer than ever. At the same time there are challenges. In Leon County, […]

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Volunteer by Sunday for First Love

Volunteer by Sunday for First Love

For 13 years, we have taken one day to show Matthew 22:39 to Tallahassee. It’s the second greatest commandment—to love your neighbor as yourself. This year, we have 20 more requests for projects than last year. Just over 100 people have already registered. Now we need you and about 400 of your friends, co-workers, and […]

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Forgiveness

Last weekend, I had the great privilege of spending a weekend with Single Adults age 40+ and our Senior Adults. Luke Hinson and I led a retreat on God’s Forgiveness: Past, Present, and Forever. Living with unforgiveness is like living behind a prison wall that you have built. While there, you become a prisoner trapped […]

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Thank You, Steve Wofford

Fourteen years ago, the Lord smiled on First Baptist when Steve Wofford became our Church Administrator. He has guided us through the Great Recession of 2008, taken on the CLC and other projects, and guided homeless people personally through times of great crisis. Jane and he have been instrumental in establishing a Christian sorority and […]

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Forgiveness

This weekend, Luke Hinson and I will be leading a retreat for our Senior Adult and SingleFocus groups on the topic of God’s Forgiveness: Past, Present, and Forever. When Jesus threw Peter (and the church) the keys to the kingdom of heaven, one of the keys on the ring was forgiveness. Forgiveness is a key […]

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Friends With Jesus

At our Life Groups:EQUIP training weekend September 12-13, Rick Howerton challenged us to look away from the church and see the future church. Around us in offices, homes, neighborhoods, and mission projects, we’ll see the people that will one day be a part of the church. There’s only one caveat. We need to show them […]

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Saturday Report

Saturday Report

Saturday’s EQUIP training featured a talk from Rick Howerton and two breakout sessions customized around the stage and type of Life Groups at FBCTLH. Howerton addressed leadership of Life Groups. He challenged us to “lead wisely not demandingly.” When facilitating Life Groups, we need to demonstrate our integrity as good people rather than forcing our […]

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